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Call-for-Papers: Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy

GJPLP Vol. 25 Call for Submissions

The Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy is the nation’s premier law journal on poverty issues. As part of its objective to bring an end to the desperate conditions afflicting so many in this wealthy nation, GJPLP publishes articles from distinguished law professors and practitioners in poverty-related fields. The Journal aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for all those seeking to contribute to an informed discussion on poverty and social reform issues, whether liberal or conservative, practitioner or policymaker, service provider or academic.

GJPLP is currently accepting submissions for its next volume. The Journal encourages authors to submit articles on poverty law and policy related topics that are no longer than 30,000 words in length, including text and footnotes, formatted in Bluebook style. Articles are read and selected on a rolling basis until all available pages in the applicable volume are filled.

The Journal prefers that authors submit articles through Bepress ( In the alternative, authors may submit their articles as a Microsoft Word document via email to Authors are asked to provide an abstract as well as a CV with their submissions. Due to the volume of content the Journal receives, we cannot guarantee a response will be provided if your submission is not selected for publication.

News and Politics: “Jared Kushner’s Other Real Estate Empire”

News and Politics: Alec MacGilles, Jared Kushner’s Other Real Estate Empire, N.Y. Times, May 23, 2017.

NY Times Editorial: “The Problem Isn’t Food Stamps, It’s Poverty”

NY Times Editorial: “The Problem Isn’t Food Stamps, It’s Poverty,” May 26, 2017.

Call-for-Papers: “Poverty States: Federalism, Rights, and State Anti-Poverty Efforts” – Washington, DC, Mar. 23-24, 2018

I am excited to share this call for papers (available as a PDF here: Poverty States Call-for-Papers DC Mar. 2017) and hope many of you will chose to participate.  Past conferences in 2016 at Seattle Univ. and in 2013 at American Univ. were great gatherings and I am hoping this is a similarly strong gathering.  Even if the news coming out of D.C. this past couple of months has been alarming, D.C. in March is beautiful and if anything the news adds urgency to our work so I hope you can make it.

Poverty States: Federalism, Rights, and State Anti-Poverty Efforts

Poverty StatesMarch 23-24, 2018 – American University Washington College of Law – Washington, D.C.

Announcing a poverty law conference, “Poverty States: Federalism, Rights, and State Anti-Poverty Efforts,” to be hosted by American University Washington College of Law on March 23-24, 2018.  This conference will focus on the interplay between federal, state, and local anti-poverty efforts and programs.  In 1996, Welfare Reform transformed poverty law field by replacing federal welfare rights with capped block grants to the states.  Since then, while welfare rolls went down, welfare failed to provide assistance for many need families, especially in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.  Additionally, while the block grants theoretically allowed states greater freedom to experiment with localized programs to help the poor, in practice many states redirected block grant funds to fill holes in their general budget.  With Republicans controlling not only Congress and the Presidency but also 34 state governments, there is an increased probability that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will succeed, at least partially, in his plan to replace nearly all social protections with a single block grant to states.  This conference is a gathering for all whose work focuses on poverty and inequality.  There are three main lines to the conference:

  • Federalism (the relationship between the federal and state governments)
  • State and Local Level Anti-Poverty Efforts (what is working and what is not working, including state constitutional rights, access to justice initiatives, supplemental state programs, etc.)
  • General Poverty Law Works-in-Progress (subject matter not limited in any way)

Finally, with the right group of contributors, the hope is to put together an edited volume of contributions that fit within the conference theme.  Please email if you are interested in being part of such an endeavor.  The likely outcome is a book similar to the Poverty Law Canon book that Michigan University Press published from the first poverty law conference.  Of course, if you would like to present at the conference but publish separately that is welcome as well.

This announcement is largely a hold-the-date, but if you would like to present, please submit a title and abstract by August 1, 2017 to  Updates as they are available will be posted to the AUWCL Economic Justice Program’s website:

Lots of News about Trump’s Budget Proposal and the Poor this Week

This week there was lots of coverage of Trump’s proposed budget (see this overview from the NY Times) and its effect on poor people.  Below are just some of the articles and op-eds on the topic:

Perhaps the headline from the NPR story says it best:

Lastly, perhaps to explain what Republicans think about all this, this week Ben Carson called poverty largely a state of mind.

New Article: “Immigrant Neighbors, Workers, and Caregivers in Our Midst: What We Owe Each Other”

New Article: Michael J. Sullivan, Immigrant Neighbors, Workers, and Caregivers in Our Midst: What We Owe Each Other, 95 Tex. L. Rev. 81 (2016).

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Address on the Removal of the Monuments in New Orleans

Worth watching, listening, perhaps assigning: Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Address on the Removal of the Monuments in New Orleans.  I should say that I was not a fan of Landrieu when he ran against Nagin in the wake of Katrina (his ads seemed problematic when it came to race), but this is a good speech.

Op-Ed: “Don’t Like Betsy DeVos? Blame the Democrats.” – Diane Ravitch

Op-Ed: Diane Ravitch, Don’t Like Betsy DeVos? Blame the Democrats, New Republic, May 23, 2017.

Confronting Poverty: Poverty Risk Calculator

Confronting Poverty: Poverty Risk Calculator worth checking out and perhaps sharing with students.

New Article: “After Flint: Environmental Justice as Equal Protection”

New Article: David A. Dana & Deborah Tuerkheimer, After Flint: Environmental Justice as Equal Protection, 111 Nw. U. L. Rev. 879 (2017).  Abstract below:

This Essay conceptualizes the Flint water crisis as an archetypical case of underenforcement—that is, a denial of the equal protection of laws guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Viewed as such, the inadequacy of environmental regulation can be understood as a failure that extends beyond the confines of Flint; a failure that demands a far more expansive duty to protect vulnerable populations.